Mar 09 | FLY Racing ATV Supercross Series Ready for its Debut at "The World Center of Racing"

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With approximately 400 entries, ATV riders will battle for a coveted Daytona trophy on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course located in the tri-oval, the same track that has been used in the recent Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross.

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For the first time in history, Daytona International Speedway will host the Fly Racing ATV Supercross National Championship Series on Tuesday, March 10. 

With approximately 400 entries, ATV riders will battle for a coveted Daytona trophy on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course located in the tri-oval, the same track that has been used in the recent Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. 

The track layout is similar to Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda with some of obstacles and turns altered to accommodate the unique riding style of a 400-pound ATV. 

All eyes will be on ATVMX Champion and Wienen Motorsports Yamaha rider Chad Wienen, who has competed in the series since 2012. He is the second ATVMX rider to ever win three consecutive titles. 

“This is an amazing opportunity. This place is the holy grail of racing,” Wienen said. “I can only describe this as prestigious. It’s never been done before in the ATV world.” 

The Ricky Carmichael Signature Design is legendary for its demanding nature and is considered to be a hybrid of a motocross and Supercross track. ATVMX has never competed in a Supercross stadium-like setting.  

“This place is huge and it’s almost intimidating coming on the track as you enter through the tunnel,” Wienen said. “I train on obstacles like this all the time because it’s fun to me and challenging. I’m really excited about it.” 

The ATV Supercross event at Daytona will have heat races, last chance qualifying races and a main event in each class. 

Following the ATV Supercross, Daytona International Speedway will feature the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on Thursday and Friday and the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday.  

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 09 | Aspiring Amateurs To Showcase Their Talent At During Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross

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“Just driving through the tunnel into this stadium is cool,” said champion rider Austin Forkner. “There are always a lot of people here and racing the same track as the pros is just great. I’ve been riding tighter and tamed super tracks to prepare for this race. You really have to get used to the Daytona dirt, it’s on a different level.”

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Amateur riders took their turn on the challenging Ricky Carmichael Signature Design as the two-day Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross kicked off on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. With approximately 1,400 entries, the sixth annual event at the “World Center of Racing” is showcasing riders from throughout the United States and as far as Brazil and Australia. 

“Just driving through the tunnel into this stadium is cool,” said champion rider Austin Forkner. “There are always a lot of people here and racing the same track as the pros is just great. I’ve been riding tighter and tamed super tracks to prepare for this race. You really have to get used to the Daytona dirt, it’s on a different level.” 

Forkner is the only youth rider to win two national titles at Loretta Lynn Motocross. Since his first AMA National title, he has been on the Kawasaki Team Green bikes as a factory supported rider. 

Riders will go head-to-head for the next two days on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design, the same course used in Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda, which was won by Ryan Dungey. The race will follow a supercross format using heat races and last chance qualifiers to set the field of riders into a main event in each class. 

“This is my second year on the track in Daytona,” said Australian Mackenzie Tricker, the 2013 and 2014 Loretta Lynn’s Women’s Motocross Champion. “It’s a tighter track and the soil is much different. It’s all around really exciting being here, it’s an awesome venue. This track has opened my eyes to another world.” 

“To be able to race in a stadium where top athletes in the world have raced is incredible,” said Marissa Markelon, the 2014 overall Women’s Motocross champion and a consistent top-three finisher during the 2014 season. “This is a one of a kind track with a great atmosphere. It’s more like a community.” 

Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the Speedway will host the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday. 

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 07 | Ryan Dungey Wins Daytona Supercross By Honda

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Marvin Musquin Wins 250SX Class, Becomes Two-Time Daytona Champion

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Ryan Dungey, so close to winning the Daytona Supercross By Honda so many times, finally got the career-defining breakthrough victory Saturday night. 

Dungey came to Daytona International Speedway this year with a strong history: four podium finishes since 2010, including two runner-up efforts. After his victory, he admitted to some past frustrations about coming up short at DIS. 

“Tonight was awesome,” said the KTM 450 SX-F rider from Tallahassee, Florida. “I had never won this race and it’s really special. We need to really enjoy these wins. To be able to finally win here … I’ve been here so many times.” 

He took the lead on Lap 8 of the 20-lap 450SX event, with a well-timed pass of Andrew Short’s KTM. Short had ridden the hole shot to a solid lead until Dungey closed in. Dungey finished the grueling ride 4.271 seconds ahead of Honda CRF 450 rider Eli Tomac; Blake Baggett finished third on a Suzuki RM-Z450. 

Dungey and three-time Daytona champion Chad Reed (Kawasaki KX 450F) won the two 450SX class six-lap heats that automatically advanced the top-four finishers to the 450 final. The 450 semifinals were won by Weston Peick (Yamaha YZ450F) and Mike Alessi (Suzuki RM-Z450); the class’ “last-chance” qualifier was won by Nicholas Schmidt (Suzuki RM-Z450). 

Dungey got his fourth win of the season – and his second-straight, after last week’s triumph in Atlanta – to further boost his quest for a second Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series championship. His first title came in 2010. 

“These wins are important right now,” Dungey said. 

The 15-lap 250 SX final was won by Marvin Musquin of Corona, Calif., on a KTM 250 SX-F, with Honda CRF 250 rider Justin Bogle second and Yamaha YZ250F rider Jeremy Martin third. It was the third victory of the season for Musquin. 

Musquin and RJ Hampshire (Honda CRF 250) took the two six-lap 250SX heats. The four-lap last-chance sprint was won by Gannon Audette (Kawasaki KX 250F).

Musquin also won the 250 class at Daytona in 2013. 

“This is like a dream and today it comes true for the second time,” Musquin said. 

RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing rider Ken Roczen, one of the pre-race favorites and one of the top competitors in the 450 class, withdrew after re-injuring his left ankle in Saturday afternoon’s opening 450SX practice. Roczen came into the event third in the series point standings, with two event victories. 

For the eighth-consecutive year, five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael returned as the course designer; Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc national Motocross champion Mark Barnett, constructed the course. Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 victories. The course had a new look with the starting gate moved from pit road to the west end of the tri-oval grass and competitors raced in a clockwise direction. 

The sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross is set for Sunday and Monday (March 8-9) followed by the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday (March 10). Daytona 200 Week wraps up with the Daytona Flat Track doubleheader on Thursday and Friday nights (March 12-13); and the 74th running of the historic Daytona 200 will be next Saturday (March 14) on the speedway’s famed 3.51-mile road course. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 06 | Daytona Supercross By Honda Media Day Recap: Chad Reed Riding High, Chasing History at Daytona Supercross By Honda

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* Recent Victory in Atlanta Providing Early-Season Rejuvenation * 32-year-old Australian Trying to Become Event’s 3rd 4-Time Champion

Media Day

Chad Reed is back at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Not all that long ago he spent weekends here chasing Ricky Carmichael. This weekend, he’s chasing history.

Reed, an Australian native who lives in nearby Dade City, Florida, once was a fierce rival of the now-retired Carmichael, a five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion and generally considered the greatest of all Supercross riders. Times have changed, partially. Carmichael now designs the challenging Daytona course. Reed rides still, at the age of 32, and will try to win Daytona for the fourth time Saturday night. Only two others have reached that air: Jeff Stanton and Ryan Villopoto. Carmichael holds the event’s all-time victory mark. 

Reed, coming back from shoulder surgery last year that shortened his season, won the 450 SX class main event two weeks ago at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, aboard the No. 22 Discount Tire Kawasaki 450F. 

“I want to keep going [as long as I] feel like I’m competitive and when that drops out, I’ll want out,” Reed said Friday during the Daytona Supercross By Honda annual Media Day. 

Reed won the Daytona Supercross By Honda in 2004, ’05 and ’09. 

“Daytona is a special place for me … I grew up in the Ricky Carmichael era and around here, he was one bad-ass dude,” Reed said. “I think in all the years here I was one of only a couple guys who were able to take him down; 2005 is a memory I’ll take to the grave. We battled and I ended up getting the win. 

“[For me] there are a lot of memories here. Just the heritage here. And, it’s such a brutal race. It’s an event I come to with a lot of enthusiasm.”

 

Media Day  Media Day 

 

The Daytona course offers competitors a different sort of challenge. Outdoors … under the lights … the dirt surface that is clay with a sandy component – and some speedway infield grass on the fringes, for good measure. 

“What’s unique about Daytona is you have to have a unique setup with the bikes,” Carmichael said. “You have a lot of Supercross-style jumps but also with the corners being on grass and natural dirt, it really gives you that outdoor Motocross feel which takes a lot different set-up a, softer feel. Typical Supercross set-ups are a lot stiffer to absorb the huge jumps. Here, you kind of have to have a hybrid set-up, you have to meet in the middle. 

“It’s unique but that’s what makes it Daytona. Only the strong survive here.” 

“Daytona is definitely … what’s the word … nostalgic I guess,” said Team Honda HRC rider Trey Canard. “This is a very prestigious race, one we all want to win and add our name to the list of some really great people [who have won Daytona].” 

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

Fans also can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 06 | DAYTONA Rising March Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Prepares to Remove Iconic Sprint Tower

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490-Foot Crane To Disassemble Tower During 30-Day Demolition Process

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After providing fans with a sneak preview of DAYTONA Rising during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is now preparing to ramp up construction once again. Shortly following the Daytona 200 Week at Daytona International Speedway, a 490-foot Manitowoc 2250 Crawler Crane will help to remove and disassemble the iconic Sprint Tower as part of a 30-day demolition process. 

The crane will remove 30 large individual sections of the tower (representing 1,000 gross tons of steel) and further disassemble the materials once they’re placed on the ground. More than 40 tractor trailers recently transported the massive crane to DIS where it was assembled and positioned to begin the demolition. 

“The removal of the Sprint Tower marks another huge milestone for the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Construction will accelerate during the next few months as we continue to create the world’s first motorsports stadium.” 



Additional upcoming construction activities include:

  • Ongoing elevator and escalator installation
  • Development of hospitality areas/suites

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Construction of DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a primary source of expected growth in the Deltona, Fla., MSA as part of ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota and Florida Hospital are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 40,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for two of the injectors/entrances and two of the new neighborhoods. 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.  

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Mar 05 | 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona Scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2016

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“We’re excited to finalize the dates for the Rolex 24 At Daytona for 2016, the first event in the new stadium,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

Rolex 24

The 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first event to take place in the new motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, is scheduled Jan. 30-31, track officials announced today. The demanding 24-hour sports car race staged on the track’s 3.56-mile road course will serve as the kick-off event to the 2016 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

“We’re excited to finalize the dates for the Rolex 24 At Daytona for 2016, the first event in the new stadium,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Sports car enthusiasts will be able to enjoy all the new amenities from the DAYTONA Rising project as well as view the thrilling racing action that comes with the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The twice-around-the-clock challenge is North America’s most prestigious sports car event and attracts the world’s best drivers to compete lap after lap for 24 hours in the ultimate test of driver and machine.”

“The Rolex 24 At Daytona is an event where fans can enjoy close competition and witness the latest and greatest in automotive technologies,” added IMSA President Scott Atherton. “Our world class prototypes racing alongside a new crop of GT cars for the first time following the breathtaking DAYTONA Rising project will make next year’s Rolex 24 a must-see spectacle.”

DAYTONA Rising, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 and DAYTONA 500, is a $400 million redevelopment project of Daytona International Speedway frontstretch. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands.

The testing dates for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona have also been finalized. The Roar Before The Rolex 24, the critical three-day test session in advance of the twice-around-the-clock challenge, is scheduled for Jan. 8-10.

The BMW Performance 200, the season-opening event to the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, will go green on Friday, Jan. 29.

Ticket and complete schedule information for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 will be released at a later date. For more information on tickets to Daytona International Speedway events, go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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